Alfred Deakin Institute
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, Australia. Our researchers aim to understand the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation, and investigate the imp

Projects

Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

Intercultural Understanding (ICU) is a general capability that the Australian Curriculum expects all young people to develop through their primary and secondary schooling. This large-scale research project has been developed to build an appreciation of Australia’s social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, and the ability to relate to and communicate across cultures. The ICU Project is working with schools and systems to help them build ICU.


This large-scale Australian Research Council project is working with schools and schooling systems to help them build intercultural understanding. The project aims to build knowledge and appreciation of Australia’s social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, and the ability to relate to and communicate across cultures.

The project consists of collaborative redesign and research with 12 Partner Schools working to become Lighthouse Schools for ICU and a large-scale, longitudinal study of the critical turning points in ICU acquisition among primary and secondary students.

Through these three research programs, the ICU project will address the following questions:

  1. What facilitates ICU in children and adolescents?

  2. What facilitates ICU in schools?

  3. How can these be supported?

  4. How can we know what makes a difference?


Research partners

Deakin University
The University of Melbourne
University of Western Sydney
RMIT University
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria (DEECD)
Together for Humanity (TFH)
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
Pukunui Technology


Project funding

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).